Mira Modly shows her paintings in Agnanti restaurant in Glossa.
mama mia

The film Mama Mia, filmed on Skopelos can been seen in open air cinema Orfeas every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 21.30 hours. The cinema lies just off Platanos square.
“Boundary circles, traditional marvel” On Sunday the 9th of August a dancing event will be held on the grounds of the school in Glossa. Entrance 7 euros. Organized by the Cultural Organization in Glossa.

There are ongoing exhibitions in the Vakratsa Museum with local artists showing their work. The Vakratsa museum is located in the street above the Ambrosia sweet shop, Anemos cafe and the Plimousti shop. Vakratsa is closed on Mondays.


This year’s local harvest and traditional crafts exhibition started the 3rd of August and runs until the 10th of August. The exhibition centre is in the main street of Glossa opposite the Elin Petrol station. Any fresh product producers that want to show their products please contact Tom Amygdalitsis 24240-33736.

Note from Daphne; the comment about some spelling mistakes was trashed after we altered the information.

What do you mean, you've never seen Sunset Boulevard?

What do you mean, you’ve never seen Sunset Boulevard?

Cineastes, filmophiles and autograph hunters will be converging on the Orfeas cinema tonight, Monday, for the gala showing of this year’s batch of short movies made by young filmmakers from Skopelos and abroad during the annual SIFFY festival. The fifth Skopelos International Festival of Film for Youth since it started in 2009, this year’s SIFFY has as its theme the Greek concept of ‘Κέφι’, kefi, a largely untranslatable notion of happiness in the face of adversity, and seasoned SIFFY-watchers have been keeping an eye on the young film crews as they have roamed the streets and even set out to sea to make their movies. Curtain-up is at 9pm, although there may well be introductory speeches, but you’re advised to arrive early if you want a seat. Entry is, of course, free.

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The building has been painted and the name of the new health clinic is now known: Asclepion private health clinic of the Sporades. Skopelosnews will keep readers posted about the different doctors who will work in the clinic, based in the former tax office on the ring road.

Who was Asclepion? The roots of healing and medicine in ancient Greece lie in religion and spirituality. Asclepius, the Divine Physician, was worshipped as a god, and supplications were made to him for healing.

Healing sanctuaries called Asclepions, dedicated to the god of medicine, were established throughout Greece, usually in settings of awe-inspiring natural beauty and scenic grandeur. The main Asclepion was in Epidaurus, with important branches in Cos and Pergamum. There, physician – priests practiced a kind of spiritual healing centered around dream therapy on patient – pilgrims, who came seeking a healing intercession from the Divine Physician.

The preliminary treatment for admission into the Asclepion was Katharsis, or purification. It consisted of a series of baths and purges, accompanied by a cleansing diet, which lasted several days. For more info see:

Assailant and Victim

Assailant and Victim

Tip-toeing through the tulips the other day (actually clumsily trudging through the basiliko) I happened across a very still carpenter bee. As the carpenter bees (‘bumble bees’ to you, ‘bouni’ to Greeks and ‘humlebi’ to Andy) are usually very active and never remain on any one flower for more than a few seconds. This one was dead.

Initially there was no sign of foul play, but as I got closer I noticed a little white thing retreating to the other side of the plant. Sure enough it was a “crab spider” (Thomisidae [no relation]) that had done the deed. These violent little critters lie in wait patiently near flowers to catch insects. They use their long, powerful front legs to grab the victim and inject the prey with venom. They are something like the Great White sharks of the garden attacking the unsuspecting who rarely escape. Crab spiders can even change color (yellow, green, white) depending on the flower they are using to hide behind.

BTW – Andy is a reader from Denmark.

Heat index

The port Saturday Am about 01:00

The port Saturday Am about 01:00

A little known feature of Yiannis Chatzitrakosas’s local weather station feed to the Penteli/meteo system is the daily “high heat index”.

The “heat index” is a subjective accounting for the “feeling” of the heat on a hot day. The index matches air temperature with relative humidity. We all know when the air temperature is hot we perspire. Perspiration is the body’s way of regulating its temperature. When we perspire during dry hot weather we feel cool as our water rapidly evaporates. When humidity and temperature are both high this cooling “system” is not effective, we are “soaked with sweat” and we ‘feel’ hotter than the ambient temperature. The only real scientific data in the heat index come from the thermometer and the hygrometer. Everything else is based upon a long study of human subjects who were asked how hot they felt in different heat/humidity situations.

The heat index is similar to the wind chill index but in the other direction.

Yesterday’s daily high occurred Saturday night/morning at 02:13 when the temperature was 30º (86ºF) with humidity of 65% and it “felt” like 35.6ºC (96ºF). This would be considered “dangerous” were it daytime. [As of 9am Sunday penteli.meteo.gr was overloaded and offline. Ta na kanoume.]


Have a good month!

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The SIFFY filmfestival is under way and so far impromptu dances on beaches with greek visitors, jumping from boats and serenades under balconies are some of the highlights the kids have experienced. Tomorrow editing of the movies and then the movies are ready to be shown!

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This photo was taken by Frode.


It’s funny to see a single cow on the island when I (Daphne) am used to see thousands in the Netherlands. Flat as a pancake as Holland is it’s much better for them there. Here the goats thrive and are used to the wilder terrain. Skopelos must have at least 5 big goat herds. Most of the owners also make cheese and sell it locally. This cow was photographed in the Glyfoneri area.


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